White Ribbon Alliance India
Dr. Aparajita Gogoi
c/o Centre for Catalyzing Change
C-1, Hauz Khas,
New Delhi, 110 016
tel: 91 11 474 88888
fax: 91 11 474 88899
- Capital City
- New Delhi
- Lifetime risk of maternal death
- 1 in 170
- Maternal Mortality Ratio
- Births attended by skilled personnel
“In India we have some of the best policies in the world for women in childbirth,” says Aparajita Gogoi, National Coordinator of White Ribbon Alliance India. “But who is telling women in their villages about their rights and entitlements? Who is ensuring that the promises made are being kept?"
Since 1999, when White Ribbon Alliance India was set up and subsequently since the first ever march to the Taj Mahal in 2001, they have been doing just that, focusing the public gaze on what happens to women in childbirth, and making citizens’ voices heard in public hearings, maternal death inquiries and now through technology.
Notable achievements include supporting the initiative to modify regulations which now allow lesser qualified health workers to provide a range of life-saving treatments. As a result of the policy change, tens of thousands of auxiliary nurse midwives have now been trained in key procedures that can keep women alive in India’s half a million villages.
White Ribbon Alliance India has also pioneered "watch dog" activities which have involved tens of thousands of citizens, using checklists and speaking out at public meetings to share their experiences about their health services – and then working with the authorities to bring rapid improvements. “WRAI has been raising the volume of discourse on maternal health, working with the government to make things better for women, working with media and committed individuals.”In recent years, WRA India has organised over one hundred public hearings to promote the process of airing people’s concerns, making women’s voices heard, working with health staff and officials to improve services.
“We are showing that our government can turn their excellent policies into reality, and that this is the way to really make birth safe for all women across India.”
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- WRA India endorses Respectful Maternity Care Charter on Safe Motherhood Day April 13, 2016
- What’s Working: Technology For A Healthier Future November 25, 2015
- Eastern Eye – Push For Progress May 7, 2013